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Fred Talbot faces 9 charges of incident assault and one serious sexual assault

Coronation Street actor William Roache arrives at Preston Crown Court

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Fabio Coentrao has started only four games since United tried to sign him last summer

Transfer news: Manchester United cool on signing Real Madrid's smoking, work-shy Fabio Coentrao

The wing-back has not played for more than two months because of a thigh injury sustained on international duty for Portugal

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We take a look at who should be in the side when England return to the long format of the game

Is it serious? Manchester medical student Tom Leach's notes become worldwide internet hit

His notes and blog got him labelled an 'industry innovator' after the site attracted thousands of other students

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Unemployed young people feel they have 'nothing to live for'

One in three long-term unemployed young people have contemplated suicide

17-year-old Adam Pickup whose body police say they have found.

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Mother of 17-year-old posts message on Facebook to let people know of her son's death

The FA are looking into comments made by Brendan Rodgers after he furiously criticised referee Lee Mason for his decisions in the 2-1 defeat to Manchester City

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Rodgers was left furious with a number of decisions made by referee Lee Mason and criticised the allowance of him to officiate the match given his Greater Manchester heritage

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Manager knows the United's forwards goal return is what he will be judged on

Experts have warned of a ‘notably strong’ property market and the creation of a new bubble

Could house prices rise another 8% next year?

"The current property market appears to show no signs of slowing as we approach Christmas"

Lesbophobia is alive and well

Too often displays of affection in public attract male leering

Dale Cregan will spend the rest of his life behind bars

Police call-handler 'fed information on hunt for Dale Cregan'

She passed details to her boyfriend who shared it with killer's mother, court told

Why yous are less and less likely to be having a barm for your tea: The Southern way of speaking is spreading say researchers...

Study into 'Language Variation and Change' conducted by the University of Manchester reveals spread of Southern words

Brahim Abdelkader Diaz, dubbed the 'next Lionel Messi', has reportedly agreed to join Manchester City

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The youngster has attracted attention all over Europe but City are said to have won the race for his signature

999 caller admits failures in dealing with choking baby call

A 999 call handler has admitted she made two “fundamental” errors in responding to a report of a choking baby who later died, an inquest has heard.

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